LOUIS XV ORMOLU MOUNTED KINGWOOD COMMODE
France ca. first quarter of the 19th century
Item # 608UIP10P
This rather small and restrained commode is designed with some of the most pleasing lines - the commode is proportionally a perfectly balanced form, the thin legs with their muted cabriolet raising the relatively shallow carcass, the restrained height of the drawers lending a sense of lift to the apron. The bevelled corners transition into sharpened knees, the inside of the leg chamfered to create a nearly triangular leg that flares out almost imperceptibly into the gilt bronze sabots. All secondary structure is crafted of oak, the pinned tenon-mortise joinery visible from the back and remaining most effective in locking together the frame. The commode has seen expert restoration in the last century or so, as the incredibly delicate veneering required for this kind of form is naturally very susceptible to age, moisture and shrinkage - the work completed is of the highest quality, resulting in a surface that is inspiring and magnetic. It’s petite dimension allows the powerful veneers and delicate lines to remain fully expressed, the chest graceful and refined in every sense.
Measurements: 32 5/8” H x 38” W x 19” D
Professionally restored with extensive reveneering, some more recent areas of veneer patching (top drawer blade, wax filling back right leg, veneer patch rear right leg return); several support bars added inside of carcass. Drawers with restorations and later nailing. Scratches to surface of replaced marble top. Locks absent, no key. Chips, dings and abrasions to surface throughout as expected. Sturdy and stable.